Token Druid Deck List Guide (The Witchwood June 2018)
Table of Contents
- 1. Token Druid Card List
- 2. Token Druid Mana Curve
- 3. Token Druid Mulligan Guide
- 4. Token Druid Strategy
- 5. Token Druid Card Swaps
- 6. Budget Token Druid Deck
- 7. Wild Token Druid Deck
- 8. Quick Tips and Tricks
- 9. Similar Hearthstone Decks
- 10. About the Author
- 11. ChangeLog
This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Token Druid in the Witchwood expansion.
Token Druid is a broad archetype that has surfaced in many different metas throughout Hearthstone's history. The general playstyle of the deck often changes each time a new iteration of the deck surfaces, but the win condition of the deck has stayed consistent over time. By finding various ways to secure a wide board, the deck is able to swiftly end games by taking advantage of tools like Power of the Wild and Savage Roar.
The iteration of Token Druid that has emerged from the Witchwood expansion takes a much more controlled approach than any deck seen prior. By using control tools such as Oaken Summons and Ferocious Howl, the deck aims to get into a position to create resilient boards with Spreading Plague or Wispering Woods and compound it with Soul of the Forest before finishing opponents of with a multitude of buffs.
1. Token Druid Card List
This Token Druid deck costs 5,840 and it is made up of the following cards.
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2. Token Druid Mana Curve
3. Token Druid Mulligan Guide
Token Druid uses Druid Ramp and Control tools to execute its strategy making the mulligan strategy very similar to that of other slower Druid decks.
To help you get the fastest possible start, you should look for Wild Growth, Oaken Summons, and Nourish in your opening hand. Ultimate Infestation can also be kept if you already have Wild Growth and Nourish.
4. Token Druid Strategy
During the early game, you will be primarily playing your own game, trying to get yourself into a solid position for later turns. Your key early-game play will be Wild Growth on turn 2. In most situations, it is incorrect to play Wild Growth on turn 1 using The Coin; this is because the deck runs no proactive 3-Mana plays that you can utilise. The exception to this is if you have two copies of Wild Growth and a copy of Nourish you can follow-up with. As you are looking for very specific cards in the early game, it is quite likely you will have Mana left over. Any spare Mana can be split between your Hero Power, Lesser Jasper Spellstone, and Wrath to keep your opponent's board under control.
Heading into the mid game, you should begin to start piecing together an efficient route through your future turns. Your aim should be to strike a balance between gaining Mana Crystals and cycling through your deck efficiently to find key cards for the deck. The most important cards for your decision-making are Branching Paths, Nourish, and Ultimate Infestation. The first interaction to consider is between Nourish and Ultimate Infestation. With both of these cards in hand, your priority should be to use Nourish to gain 2 Mana Crystals. This play allows you to reap the benefits of Ultimate Infestation sooner, while also keeping your hand empty enough to draw 5 cards that would otherwise be full if you chose to draw 3 cards instead. The second interaction to consider is between Branching Paths and Nourish. Where possible, you should be aiming to save Branching Paths for the Attack option as a part of your win-condition or for Armor option for quick healing if your opponent gets aggressive. However, if you do not have Nourish, you should not hesitate to use the card draw option instead to help you cycle through your deck and potentially draw your missing Nourish. Lastly is the interaction between Oaken Summons and Branching Paths.
Despite being a fairly proactive deck, Token Druid also runs a range of defensive tools that can be used to slow your opponent down, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Where possible, you should try and fit your defensive cards around your proactive tools to minimise the disruption to your gameplan. When you have a free choice between multiple cards, Wrath should be you first choice. It has the option to help cycle and also lacks the upgrade potential of Lesser Jasper Spellstone, so it is unlikely you will find a more suitable target. Swipe is a great choice if you are able to manipulate the board in such a way that there are multiple 1-Health targets. Against opponents that are unlikely to flood the board, you should not hesitate to use Swipe as single-target removal if it makes efficient use of Mana. Against larger targets, you can use your Jasper Spellstone; this should be a low priority target as not only can it do up to 6 damage as a Greater Jasper Spellstone, but as a 1-Mana play, it can be used on almost any turn for powerful tempo plays. The last defensive tool in the deck is Spreading Plague. Spreading Plague takes a lot more consideration before being played. Although it is primarily a defensive tool, it can frequently function as your win condition under the right conditions. You should look to pair it with Soul of the Forest if you have 10 Mana available to create an almost unkillable board. However, if it is your only means of survival, or you have a second copy in your hand, then you should not hesitate to use it.
Once you have cycled through a reasonable amount of your deck, you can begin looking for ways to win the game. This will usually involve getting a wide board to survive a turn and buffing it with a combination of Savage Roar, Branching Paths, and Power of the Wild. The key card for doing this is Soul of the Forest. You should try and combine it with Wispering Woods, Violet Teacher, or Spreading Plague as previously mentioned. Once your board has been buffed by Soul of the Forest, it is incredibly likely to survive, allowing you to burst down your opponent using a combination of the aforementioned board-wide buffs.
5. Token Druid Card Swaps
There is a degree of flexibility in the cards used for each part of the deck.
6. Budget Token Druid Deck
Budget Token Druid removes a few of the more expensive cards like Malfurion the Pestilent and Arcane Tyrant for players on a budget. However, some key cards like Branching Paths, Wispering Woods, and Ultimate Infestation have remained in the deck due to being key to its functionality, despite their higher crafting cost.
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With this budget variant, a bit more emphasis is put on the early game by adding in Ironwood Golem and an additional Oaken Summons. These changes provides some additional defensive options in the absence of Malfurion the Pestilent while not disrupting the overall strategy of the deck.
7. Wild Token Druid Deck
If you wish to play Token Druid in Hearthstone's Wild format, there are many extra tools that you have at your disposal. A general deck you can play in the Wild format is shown below.
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In the Wild format, there are some additional tools available that can allow you to snowball victories much quicker. Living Roots provides additional token generation and a cheap removal tool. Mark of the Lotus provides a very cheap and efficient way of being able to buff your board. The combination of these two cards can lead to very powerful turns alongside Violet Teacher. Lastly, the addition of Fandral Staghelm provides you with an additional target for Oaken Summons and huge potential when combined with Nourish, for minimal risk.
8. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Try and think multiple turns ahead when planning out your ramp and card draw.
- Branching Paths is a very flexible tool and all 3 options offer great value in the deck. Try not to use it until completely necessary.
- Save Soul of the Forest for when you have a wide board to try and set up for the win.
- Use a combination of Savage Roar, Branching Paths, and Power of the Wild to turn a board of cheap minions into a huge source of damage.
9. Similar Hearthstone Decks
If you enjoyed playing Token Druid, we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.
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10. About the Author
This guide is presented to you by Kat, a professional Hearthstone player competing at the highest level since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.
- 31 May 2018: Deck added.
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